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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Shelby Steele  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

-- Shelby Steele on WorldCat --

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Biographical and Professional Information


Published Works

  • The Content of Our Character, A New Vision of Race in America, St. Martin`s Press, 1991
  • A Dream Deferred, The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America, Perennial, 2007
  • White Guilt, HarperCollins, 2007
  • A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win. HarperCollins, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

The content of our character :
ISBN: 006097415X. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1990.

An examination of race in America--the causes of the increasing friction between black and white Americans, and the possibiliity of hope for a more harmonious future. The author looks closely at his own life in an integrated society, and, in challenging his own preconceptions about race, causes us to rethink our own.

A bound man :
ISBN: 1400106036. OCLC Number:

Tantor Audio,. [Old Saybrook, Conn.] :. ℗2008.

"Award-winning author Steele attests that Senator Barack Obama's groundbreaking quest for the highest office in the land is fast becoming a galvanizing occasion beyond mere presidential politics, one that is forcing a national dialogue on the current state of race relations in America. Says Steele, poverty and inequality usually are the focus of such dialogues, but Obama's bid for so high an office pushes the conversation to a more abstract level where race is a politics of guilt and innocence generated by our painful racial history--a kind of morality play between (and within) the races in which innocence is power and guilt is impotence."--Container.



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